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1977
Final Record: 109-53 (1st Place East)
USRL CHAMPIONS
New Staff Ace Phil Niekro
1st Round Selection Terry Puhl
Prior to the 1977 entry draft, the Sizzlers acquired starting pitcher Phil Niekro
Topeka selected outfielder Terry Puhl With its 1st  Draft Pick

Rookie Entry Draft Selections
#
Player
Pos.
MLB Team
1
Terry Puhl
OF
Houston Astros
2
Billy Almon
SS
San Diego Padres
3
Davey Johnson
INF
Philadelphia Phillies
4
Tony Scott (From SAT)
OF
St. Louis Cardinals
4
Bill Atkinson
P
Montreal Expos
5
(Traded to MMI)
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6
Gil Flores
OF
California Angels
7
Rick Baldwin
P
New York Mets
8
Glenn Burke
OF
Los Angeles Dodgers
9
Dave Wehrmeister
P
San Diego Padres

Transactions
03/02/05:
Lost shortstop Frank Taveras to El Cajon in expansion draft.
03/04/05:
Released catchers Bruce Kimm and Bill Plummer, pitchers Gary Ross and Jim Umbarger, and infielders Rob perring and Mark Wagner.  Announced the retirement of infielder Leo Foster, outfielder Cito Gaston, and pitcher Steve Hargan.
03/14/05:
Traded #1 pick in 1979 and 1981 rookie drafts to Chicago Bootleggers for pitcher Phil Niekro.
03/19/05:
Traded 4th round pick in 1978 rookie draft to SA-Town Mudcats for 4th round pick in 1977 rookie draft.
05/08/05:
Traded fourth round pick in 1979 draft to North Bend Tadjers for pitcher Bob Sykes.

Roster

Pitchers
No.
Name
No.
Name
13
Alexander, Doyle
45
Hartzell, Paul
42
Atkinson, Bill
35
Niekro, Phil
54
Baldwin, Rick
29
Rhoden, Rick
22
Burgmeier, Tom
19
Rooker, Jim
28
Fidrych, Mark
27
Sykes, Bob
34
Fingers, Rollie
40
Tanana, Frank
32
Garber, Gene
55
Wehrmeister, Dave
48
Grimsley, Ross

Catchers
No.
Name
No.
Name
24
Dempsey, Rick
16
Stearns, John
15
Porter, Darrell

Infielders
No.
Name
No.
Name
5
Almon, Bill
17
Johnson, Davey
10
Cey, Ron
2
Remy, Jerry
6
Garvey, Steve
30
Thomas, Derrel
17
Gilbreath, Rod

Outfielders
No.
Name
No.
Name
20
Brock, Lou
21
Puhl, Terry
3
Burke, Glenn
36
Scott, Tony
25
Cruz, Jose
38
Stanton, Lee
29
Flores, Gil
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Thomas, Gorman*
18
Kelly, Pat
31
Winfield, Dave
12
Paciorek, Tom
* Indicates Player Ineligible This Season